Fred Camper will present a program of short experimental and documentary films along with slides of works by nature-oriented artists. Camper will discuss filmmakers' and artists' conceptions of nature, offering a critique of the way nature is represented - or misrepresented - in much of Western art. By showing the films The Wold Shadow (1972, 2.5 mins., Stan Brakhage), Creation (1979, 16 mins., Stan Brakhage), A Navajo Weaver (1966, 22 mins., Susie Benally), Seven Days (1974, 20 mins., Chris Welsby), and Le Tempestaire (1947, 23 mins., Jean Epstein), along with slides of the works of artists Tom Thomson, Julia Fish, Tom Czarnopys, and Michael Paha, Camper will explore the ways different independent filmmakers and artists approach nature and geography, with an emphasis on films and art works that try to see beyond the usual uses of nature as a metaphor for human emotions, or raw material for human use: glimpsing it also as something that exists outside human consciousness.
This program is part of Chicago Filmmakers' "Talking Pictures" series and is presented by Chicago Filmmakers and co-sponsored by the Chicago Historical Society.
Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 PM, Chicago Historical Society, 1601 N. Clark St. For more information call 773-384-5533.
Admission for the Talking Pictures programs is $8.00 general, $6.00 for Chicago Filmmakers and Chicago Historical Society members.